Monday, September 12, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Books, demons & gifts for the gods

Gifts for the Gods

A fascinating, myth-busting new exhibition looking at ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods, is set to open at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.  Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed will feature over 60 animal mummies and run from Saturday 14 May until Sunday 4 September 2016.

Since we've obviously missed the exhibit, there are a series of videos about it on youtube. Start with this one:

Online database of Ancient Egyptian demons

A database of Ancient Egyptian demons — featuring dog-headed humans, walking suns and strange hippo-lion combinations — has been created to help experts work out what they are.

Launched at the British Science Festival in Swansea, the online catalogue allows people to look at line drawings of the creatures, which are thought to have been used to protect people from nightmares and diseases.

Ancient Egyptian Gods and Demons from the GroovyHistorian

The gods and demons of ancient Egypt are varied but central throughout ancient Egyptian history and mythology because they were the way for people to understand the balance of good and evil. In many different civilizations there are good and bad Scenarios, the reason why I wanted to write about ancient Egypt here is because they are ever so unique in how they are seen? The good and the bad.

Ancient Egypt in Fiction

I'm always looking for a good read about Ancient Egypt, but sometimes you must go looking for it. The American Research Center offers the Modern Fiction about Ancient Egypt list. My website has a Books I Love list that has a few more selections. Goodreads has Best Egyptian Historical Fiction. The Historical Novel Society has their own list called Ancient Egyp, and there's a Barnes and Noble list, too.

If you're looking for a fun read that's not exactly Ancient Egypt, let me suggest The Chaos of Stars, which I reviewed as YA romantic suspense via Neil Gaiman's American Gods (with Isis and Osiris content). Here's from the synopsis:
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of her immortal relatives and their ancient mythological drama, so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.
New Book Examines the Ancient Egyptian Economy

Brian Muhs, Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, has published a new book on The Ancient Egyptian Economy 3000-30 BC  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).  This book is the first economic history of ancient Egypt covering the entire pharaonic period, 3000–30 BCE, and employing a New Institutional Economics approach.

Egypt Hires Private Companies to Manage Pyramids Complex

Egypt’s government is set to hire a number of private companies to manage the Pyramids complex in Giza, reported MENA.

The companies will be in charge of cleaning and securing the complex that houses the world’s only remaining Ancient World Wonder, the Sphinx, and other ancient Egyptian sites.

Egyptian statuette recovered from Mexico is authentic

After a week of studies and analysis, the Ministry of Antiquities has confirmed the authenticity of an Ancient Egyptian Ushabti figurine newly recovered from Mexico.

Shabab Abdel-Gawad, the head of the Antiquities Repatriation Department, told Ahram Online that the statuette was found one month ago by Mexican citizen at his newly purchased house. The citizen handed over the statuette to the Egyptian embassy in Mexico.

Ancient Egyptian Numbering System

Outer coffin of Khonsu

This is the outer coffin of Khonsu, son of Sennedjem, found in Tomb no. 1 at Deir El Medina in 1885. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Model built by Anthony Barbieri-Low, based on photos from Michael Chen and Kara Cooney.